Seattle vs Bellevue for amazon employee

Apr 7 35 Comments

I am going to start working at Amazon and my office will be in Bellevue. I am a 30 year old single professional male. I am wondering what are the pros and cons of renting a place in Seattle vs Bellevue??
Any suggestions on neighborhoods?
Thanks

About me

Ideally I want to pursue extra activities like gym, music class, yoga, enjoying cooking etc. outside work so I am lil vary of spending time traveling back and forth for work.

On the other hand also prefer living in a lively neighborhood than quiet place.

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng meditat3
    Live in Bellevue. Optimize commute. For extra curricular and meeting new people you can always go to some meetups, dates etc.
    Apr 7 9
    • Facebook Probe
      Take it from someone who lived in both Seattle and the Eastside for 10+ years, you will be bored out of your skull in Crossroads / Bellevue. The only thing other than commute that the area has going for it are Chinese restaurants, which honestly isn't that much better than what the International District already provides. Go to meetups if you want, you'll find the good ones are in Seattle anyways, and obviously being in the neighborhood is not the same as constantly scheduling for meetups.
      Apr 7
    • Amazon / Eng meditat3
      I have heard this from a lot of people. The closer you go to Microsoft office the more boring it gets. 😂
      Apr 7
    • Amazon / Eng meditat3
      OP explore some apartments in Bellevue downtown area
      Apr 7
    • OP
      I guess it boils down to if the traveling from Seattle to Bellvue is tiring or manageable for the individual.
      Apr 7
    • Expedia / Product sapnu_puas
      Downtown Bellevue is for thanks to a limited commute time and vicinity to bars/restaurants/shops. No junkies, it's clean and safe. Crossroads is for families and looks boring af.
      Seattle will be more fun, but traffic is getting worse and who knows what's going to happen whene Amazon moves to Eastside.
      Apr 8
  • Microsoft Mr.Robot.
    Are you seriously asking strangers on Blind to tell you what to do? Have some f-ing confidence in yourself and make your own decisions.
    Apr 7 2
    • OP
      I am asking suggestions on neighborhoods since I am moving from east coast you d__b f__k. If you have any constructive suggestions please add to the conversation. Otherwise please continue your pathetic life of useless commenting on a Sunday nite on other posts.
      Apr 7
    • Expedia Maddy1
      Can you suggest a better place to ask this question Mr. Robot? You don’t have to respond if you have nothing to add. OP Bellevue and Redmond have everything you are looking for. It’s not as lively as Seattle but very safe neighborhood. Plus you will save commute hours that you can use for all those activities you are interested in. Good luck.
      Apr 7
  • Facebook Probe
    If you prefer living in a lively neighborhood, hands down Seattle (e.g., Cap Hill). Eastside is boring and sterile af, full of older Indian and Chinese families who are trying to find a place to just settle down. The commute is the only downside. Once things like school districts for your children start to matter, then consider the Eastside for the LWSD.
    Apr 7 5
    • OP
      Thanks...I had the same dilemma. Because with a car it’s the toll and traffic and parking is expensive. Without car it’s like a 50 min everyday ride. but Seattle is much vibrant. Any neighborhoods within Seattle which you suggest?
      Apr 7
    • Facebook Probe
      I would look into Capitol Hill, Belltown, or Ballard.
      Apr 7
    • Amazon crumb
      Yeah. I thought about moving out to Issaquah and buying a nice home. Then I thought how fucking lonely and empty that would be and told the agent to only show me properties in Seattle.

      So much more going on.
      Apr 7
    • Microsoft bigsixhero
      @Probe I think it depends on your life stage. When I was in my 20s, Seattle was more interesting and fun with nights out, drinking, coffee shops everywhere. Slowly after settling down and moving out to the burbs, I found that I actually enjoyed grocery shopping/costco runs, date night at the mall, and fitness classes at the 24 hr fitness. Its funny how life just crept in and before I knew it, I was a “boring” Sammamish resident. We still like to go out to seattle once in a while for fun.
      Apr 8
    • Facebook Probe
      Agreed @bigsixhero, and I think after reading about OP and where he is at his stage in life, Cap Hill would be more suitable for him.
      Apr 8
  • SpaceX uevh5
    Bellevue of course. Cleaner, no homeless, no junkies, no car break-ins, much shorter commute, normal civilized people instead of hipsters and other crazies.

    The only thing better in Seattle is the night scene, but trust me, unless you live in Capitol Hill, Ballard or Beltown ( all are dumpsters compared to the Eastside) going to a club/bar from Bellevue takes the same time as if you live in a semi-normal Seattle neighbourhood.
    Apr 7 0
  • Facebook public2
    Seattle, obviously. That's like asking NYC or Jersey :)
    Apr 7 2
    • OP
      I have heard traveling on the 520 or the other connecting bridge is a pain on the weekdays considering the traffic. Even if I commute by bus it would take around 50 mins .
      Apr 7
    • Facebook public2
      Correct, the other bridge is i90. That's why unless you have kids and need Bellevue schools you live in Seattle.
      Apr 7
  • Facebook nasa
    I've lived in both. Hands down Seattle is better. Can you take an Amazon shuttle? Either way I'd recommend transferring to a team downtown ASAP.

    SLU/Denny Triangle are nice to live in if you need to be near an Amazon building for inter office shuttles, but I wouldn't call them lively (at least for night life). The walk to downtown and Capitol Hill is short enough that you can still stumble home drunk.
    Apr 7 1
    • OP
      I don’t know yet what’s the deal with amazon shuttle. Thanks for the info. Not sure if I can transfer right away.
      Apr 7
  • Facebook AyyoLeMayo
    Obviously Bellevue, Seattle is expensive and filled with homeless. Definitely not worth the shorter commute
    Apr 7 1
    • Amazon crumb
      Bellevue is more expensive than Seattle
      Apr 7
  • Movement Mortgage QSaS36
    apartment vacancies are seeing their largest increase recently ..so good time to rent in Seattle
    Apr 10 0
  • New csed
    Live in Bellevue, bus is easy into Seattle (as quick or quicker than driving) and Uber back at night.
    Apr 8 0
  • Microsoft HdnF84
    Move to issaquah and commute to Bellevue. This sounds like it would fit you well.
    Apr 7 0
  • Microsoft jQJc84
    If you want to walk out of your apartment and have access to coffee shops and bars and such, the obvious answers are the close-in Seattle neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Belltown, Fremont. All have reasonable transit access to downtown Bellevue but you’re looking at 45 minutes or so each way depending n where you live.

    Eastside cities are a lot quieter, so you have to be more intentional about planning your social life. But you can be to the office in minutes.
    Apr 7 0
  • Starbucks mirac
    None. Consider west seattle
    Apr 10 0
  • Bellevue without a doubt
    Apr 10 0
  • Oracle / Other
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    IRnk30more
    Seattle if you’re single, don’t make rash decisions and move to Bellevue; unless you want to die alone in your apartment of a cave.
    Apr 8 0
  • Amazon BallsOfSea
    Seattle for sure. Enjoy it while you can. If commute bothers you then just find another team in Seattle. Plenty of jobs in Seattle and far more opportunities.
    Apr 8 0